Fred M. Warner

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Fred M. Warner
26th Governor of Michigan
In office
January 1, 1905 – January 2, 1911
Lieutenant Alexander Maitland
Patrick H. Kelley
Preceded by Aaron T. Bliss
Succeeded by Chase Osborn
Secretary of State of Michigan
In office
Preceded by Justus S. Stearns
Succeeded by George A. Prescott
Member of the Michigan Senate
In office
Personal details
Born (1865-07-21)July 21, 1865
Hickling, Nottinghamshire, England
Died April 17, 1923(1923-04-17) (aged 57)
Orlando, Florida
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Martha M. Davis

Fred Maltby Warner (July 21, 1865 – April 17, 1923) was an American politician. He served as the 26th Governor of Michigan from 1905 to 1911.

Birth in England and early life in Michigan[edit]

Born in Hickling, Nottinghamshire, England, Warner spent most of his life in Michigan. Warner was orphaned at three months of age and adopted by a family in Farmington. His adoptive father, P. Dean Warner, served in both chambers of the state congress during periods from 1852 to 1870.[1]

He attended the common schools there and later attended the Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University). He worked at his father’s store and later, as a Farmington businessman and agriculturist, he established thirteen cheese factories.


As a prominent citizen he rose quickly in politics in 1894. From 1895 to 1898 he served in the Michigan Senate just as his father did. From 1901 until 1904 he served as the Michigan Secretary of State under Aaron T. Bliss.

In 1904, Warner was elected Governor of Michigan and served three terms, 1905-1910. He was known as a progressive governor advocating such policies as regulation of railroad and insurance, conservation, child labor laws and woman's suffrage. Also during his six years in office, a factory inspection bill was authorized, a direct primary election law was sanctioned and there was a promotion of highway construction.

Retirement and death[edit]

After leaving office, he stayed politically active. Warner was a member of the Freemasons, Shriners, Elks, Knights of Pythias, and Maccabees. In 1920, he began serving as a Republican National Committeeman until his death three years later. He died at the age of 57 from kidney failure and is interred at Oakwood Cemetery in Farmington, Michigan.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Justus S. Stearns
Michigan Secretary of State
1901 – 1904
Succeeded by
George A. Prescott
Preceded by
Aaron T. Bliss
Governor of Michigan
Succeeded by
Chase Osborn